Multi-million dollar counterfeit scam linked to jihadist terrorism nets 21 months for Red House, Virginia, conspirator Ronald Roundtree
(Christian Action Network) RICHMOND, VA – U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson ordered Wednesday, Nov. 14, a Red House, Virginia, resident of the Muslims of the Americas camp to spend 21 months in federal prison for his role in a multi-million dollar counterfeiting scheme.
Ronald Roundtree, 51, also of Lynchburg, Virginia, and Beckley, West Virginia, where he has additional wives, entered a plea agreement admitting guilt to a count of conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods.
The plea agreement dropped a second count of trafficking and assigned a three-year supervised release order to the case for when Roundtree is released sometime in 2009.
The $7 million counterfeit clothing ring case netted 57 months in federal prison for the ringleader, Abbas Chouman, 43, of Astoria, N.Y., Friday, Oct. 12, for conspiracy in the criminal copyright infringement aspect of the scam run out of his clothing business in New York City.
Christian Action Network President Martin Mawyer noted at least three of the eight ring members are linked to Muslims of America, a front organization for Jamaat ul-Fuqra terrorism, according to Homeland Security Department investigative reports.
Roundtree was the sixth to receive sentencing as of this week.
In September, Virginians Ismail Haqq, 33, of Meherrin, Cherubin Pierre, 32, of Highland Springs, and Eric Harmon, 40, of Richmond, received eight- 24- and 27-month prison terms respectively for their roles in the scam.
Haqq and Pierre are noted in prior CAN reports as having activity and personal, family ties linked to the Muslims of America camp in Red House, Virginia, a rural Charlotte County community, and to a California compound closed by authorities a number of years ago.
The Virginia case arose out of Harmon’s ownership and operation of a retail store in Richmond where he and others illegally reproduced and sold 1000s of bogus-label clothing CDs and DVDs.
On Aug. 2, Ishoc Uthman Ibn-Abdus Salaam, 26, of Pamplin, netted 18 months in prison after a federal jury in Richmond found him guilty of attempted conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods.
Roundtree pleaded guilty in August to conspiracy to traffic in up to $120,000 worth of counterfeit trademarked clothing and shoes.
On July 5, Terri Singleton, 34, of Beckley, W.V., one of Roundtree’s three ersatz wives, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods with Roundtree. Singleton received two years probation in a separate federal court penalty hearing last month.
A forfeiture indictment received a $7 million ruling against Chouman by Federal Eastern District of Virginia Judge Henry E. Hudson.
Chouman’s wholesale clothing business in New York City had been known by various names such as: Gizmo Wear Inc., Tea Shirt Inc., T Shirt International Inc., and Jump Wear.
He offered clothing at deep discounts bearing counterfeit labels and logos passing for expensive brands. The transactions included purchases using UPS shipments and money orders remitted across state lines.
A U.S. Justice Department spokesman said UPS deposited nearly $19 million in COD payments in the Gizmo Wear Inc. account from Dec. 1, 2004, and Sept. 1, 2006.
“The initial phase of the operation culminated in March when federal and state agents executed search warrants and made arrests in four states,” the Justice statement said
Christian Action Network seeks to expose Sheikh Mubarak Gilani’s Jamaat al-Fuqra, and Muslims of the Americas, as a decades-old movement dedicated to jihadist ideology operating about 40 camps or communes in the United States and Canada.
U.S Justice Department reports allege a laundering process of funds through a security company back to Gilani, allegedly to fund his chosen terrorist causes around the world.
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